A duel whose price is quite high. The continental giants, Portugal and France, will clash with each other in the match of the 5th round of the strongest division of the League of Nations at the Stade Louis II stadium in Lisbon.
And probably decide the winner of Group C, who will secure a place in the semifinals of the competition, which was won on the first occasion by the selection of Fernando Santos. Although, the world champion has serious aspirations and is not immune to success.
After four rounds of the League of Nations, both the Portuguese and the French have 10 points each. The Navigators are in a better situation thanks to a great goal difference of 9: 1, but the upcoming meeting could determine the fate of the ticket for the playoffs.
Last month, the teams competed in Paris and drew without goals. In the first half, Portugal looked a little better, in the second - the French, but Kyllian Mbappe and Cristiano Ronaldo did not manage to bring the advantage.
Obviously, it was more important for both selections not to lose. Not much has changed since then, except for the additional fatigue that has accumulated over the past month. The calendar in the European Championships was hell, matches were played almost every three days.
In that context, the injuries ceased to be something unusual.
Mbappe, for example, recently returned to his form. It is unlikely that he will play against Portugal from the beginning, but he will most likely get minutes in the second half.
Without it, the Tricolors are doing very badly. Three days ago, in sparring with Finland, France played without Mbappe, Griezmann, Kante and a number of other main players, and the experiment ended with the first home defeat since the spring of 2018.
The Finns, even with the second team, looked more intelligent and purposeful than the world champions. However, maybe the composition of the selector Didier Deschamps will benefit from such an earthquake. We will not even remember the Portuguese freight train, which passed in parallel.
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Ronaldo kept his strength and only in the end went out on the field to score the 102nd goal for the national team. His frantic race for Ali Daei continues, and the Iranian is still the best scorer in the national team with 109 goals for the national team.
Portugal should be expected to try to move forward from the beginning. Santos' boys have very strong domestic statistics. No defeats in 13 games since the 2018 World Cup. In the current League of Nations, the Portuguese defeated the Croats (4: 1) at home, and then the Swedes (3: 0).